Not a reference to the opening of The Lord of the Rings but to an unexpected invitation to the official launch of the Blood and Valour comic which was held in Eastleigh last evening. As part of this I was asked to give a brief talk on Bevis from my medievalist perspective, and then I was interviewed by David Allard for BBC South Today. Only a couple of minutes, but it was the first time I’ve ever spoken live on TV. It was an excellent opportunity to say a word or two about how the comic relates to the long tradition of ‘remaking’ the Bevis story for succeeding generations, but I did stress the degree of violence that is characteristic of the 14th century version and the comic version. It would be inappropriate for pre-teens to encounter this unadvertently.
As far as I could tell, the launch event seemed to be a great success and it was good to meet Marcus Pullen and Guy Stauber in person, having heard Matt Beames mention their names so often.
And then today I discovered that the photos from last year’s Berry Theatre production of ‘The Legends of Sir Bevis’ – a play for schools are online. It has been an interesting few days.